Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Highlights from Jane Austen's Bath, a popular recent exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, are now online.
• Parties for plastic: how Tupperware encouraged women to participate in business.
• Blackie, the last Spitalfields Market cat.
• Born a slave, "Stagecoach" Mary Fields was the first African American woman to deliver the mail - and she did it in the Wild West.
• Cape Cod sea captain Elijah Cobb meets the French Revolution's guillotine and lives to tell about it, 1794.
• It's doll wash day for the Bowes Museum's conservation department.
• Image: Oldest surviving photograph of London - Whitehall from Trafalger Square, c1839.
• Salaries, dragons, and musk: the surprising origins of spice names.
• Swaddling: putting babies in a tight bind.
• Who's keeping an eye on those 18thc Loyalist refugees to Canada?
• From pulp to fiction: our love affair with paper.
• How good is your British English?
• Image: Pocket watch recovered from Titanic steward Sidney Sedunary, marking the time he went into the water at 1:50a.m.
• The mysteries of 18thc beds and bedding.
• A purple accident and its vibrant impact on the modern world.
• English friar Thomas Gage's chocolate recipes and regimen, 1635.
• The witch and her bucket: Mary Spencer and the Lancashire witches.
• The university library that protects the world's rarest colors.
• Image: Sampler featuring St. Paul's Cathedral, worked by Mary Wearmouth, aged 11, in 1860.
• The 19thc Cutty Sark's crew and the women on shore.
• A rare and elaborate pack of 15thc. playing cards with a hunting theme.
• A Sketch from Private Life:Lord Byron's poem about his disastrous marriage.
• In Seattle's Panama Hotel, untold stories of Japanese history remain.
• Just for fun (or not!): Dante's Inferno test predicts where exactly in his Hell you deserve to be. Hungry for more? Follow us on Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls for fresh updates daily. Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.